The Most Inspiring Wedding Trends of 2018: Etsy

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

I am fascinated by trends. Are you? There are weather trends, work place trends, business trends, job trends, food trends, real estate trends, hair trends, fashion trends color trends and so on.

The definition of a trend is a general direction in which something is developing or changing. In college I took several classes on trends. I remember distinctly studying pre peak – peak – post peak timelines. I find trends intriguing. They pique my curiosity.

Trends unite us. Give us a common ground. A connecting point.

This article is inspired by The Most Inspiring Wedding Trends Of 2018 article on the Etsy blog.

The trends are: Style (Stackable Rings, Embroidered Embellishments, Statement Veils, Flirty Capes), Decor (Clear Acrylics, Guest Book Evolution, The New Rustic: Southwestern Style, Pet-Friendly Weddings) and 2019 Prediction: Puffed Sleeves. Here are a few trend inspired items from members of the Etsy Christmas In July team.

The New Rustic

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

This wedding banner is a perfect example of The New Rustic Wedding Trend on Etsy. This has a great rustic look. It is great to hang at the reception or just about anywhere you would like to hang it in the wedding. I can put names or dates on it also.

ThisandThatCrafter

Pet Friendly Weddings

Cristal Hughes from DesignsbyCristal says:

This bling dog collar came about after some friends asked me about making one for their wedding. After creating one I thought how many people would love to have their pet in on their special moment and be dressed in a more formal collar.

So, my bling collection of pet collars is born. There are several colors choices available that could go perfectly well with your wedding theme.

DesignsbyCristal

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Items Of The Week: To The Moon

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Arcadia – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Arcadia.

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Arcadia

Hinting at retro yet at the same time modern, Arcadia is a cooler, cleaner take on green that with its tinge of blue undertone takes us into a new direction for the spring 2018 season.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Arcadia! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Marta Gotlība from ArtByMartaGotliba says:

Succulent drawing in arcadia and purple shades – a little accent to your home in very trendy colors. This botanical drawing is made with color pencils on an A5 size landscape paper, and is recommended to be displayed with a passe partout.

ArtByMartaGotliba

Karen Hafel from timetalentjewels says:

A fun little bead which I found interesting to work with shares a real treat as the color is Arcadia a cool, clean take on green but has a little blue along with hints of browns. How fun is that? As I sat at my table I contemplated what to put with it and there it was some of Jenna’s beads. She was there to help me out. Just like an angel on my shoulder to help me to complete my necklace. The glass beads and the Czech crystals were hers and as many of them that I have had, are now all gone. Jenna passed away a couple years ago. She dedicated her life to nursing. This is a final goodbye to her and her beads. The necklace measures 28 inches and pierced earrings to match.

timetalentjewels

Cindy Humphrey from Cynhumphrey says:

Gemstone accessories are so fun, to not only work with, but to wear too! This cute striped agate clothing clip is perfect for year round use and is a great eye catcher when being worn! It’s a one-of-a-kind treasure that turns slightly baggy clothes into a more form fitting style. This not only is a perfect compliment to Pantone’s Spring Colors but it will also compliment you!

Cynhumphrey

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Arcadia board!

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Items Of The Week: Clocks

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Blooming Dahlia – Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2018

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons!

According to Pantone one of the top colors for Spring 2018 is Blooming Dahlia.

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Blooming Dahlia
With its seemingly suggestive scent, the subtly alluring Blooming Dahlia beckons us with its understated appeal.

Members of the Etsy Christmas In July Team have been inspired by the color Blooming Dahlia! They have created items in their shops reflecting this inspiration! Here are a few!

Carola Bartz from CarolaBartz says:

A few years ago I found beautiful yarn made from Navajo Churro sheep, a blend of wool and Mohair. I knitted owl hats with it for my nieces and they liked them so much that I decided to make them for the shop as well. This yarn is soft and very warm, perfect to keep your head and ears toasty during those chilly windy days.

CarolaBartz

Rita Szöllősi from RitzySelection says:

Spring wind floods water
my darling, my darling
Spring wind floods water
my darling, my darling

Every bird chooses a partner
my darling, my darling
Every bird chooses a partner
my darling, my darling

Well, who should I choose
my darling, my darling?
Well, who should I choose
my darling, my darling?

You choose Me, I choose You
my darling, my darling
You choose Me, I choose You
my darling, my darling

Perhaps this is the most beautiful Hungarian folk song. The beautiful “Blooming dahlia” will open in the garden, like this cushion!

RitzySelection

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says:

Rich coral pink silk ribbon with blue and salmon colored beads dangle from gold bead caps. The perfect addition to your boho jewelry collection.

EponasCrystals

If you’re on Pinterest here is the Blooming Dahlia board!

While you’re on Pinterest please follow the Etsy Christmas In July team!

Items Of The Week: Water

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Member Feature: TheLoveStory

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Please join us in welcoming Tamara And Mary of TheLoveStory, our featured members!

TheLoveStory

Tell us about yourself.

We are Mother & Daughter, Best Friends and Business Partners who love what we do. We have so much fun working together, which is what we believe has contributed to our success.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

We started The Love Story in May 2012 because both my mom (Mary) and my dad had lost their jobs and I was a stay at home mom wanted to help. My mom, on her free time, was knitting for charity and so I looked online to see if she could sell some of her items on line and came across Etsy. We realized then that it would be a great opportunity to work together once again. We saw that there was a heavy wedding presence on Etsy and we love weddings, so we did our research and that’s when The Love Story was born.

Tell us a bit about your products.

We sell everything from jewelry, wedding garters, one-of-a-kind evening bags, baby headbands and accessories, shoe clips and much more.

We take great pride in our products and make sure that we use only the finest materials. Most all of our products are made for special occasions so it’s of the utmost importance to us for our clients to look and feel like a million bucks!

What inspires your work?

We are inspired by two things:
1. LOVE~ The name of our store is no coincidence. We believe that Love makes everything better.
2. OUR CUSTOMERS ~ All of our customers inspire us to be creative because most everything we make is customizable and it’s such a joy to work on something so special for someone and watch it come to life from just a vision.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

Expanding our collection!! Last year we joined forces with DIYCRAFTSHOPPE to broaden our collection. In order to keep our prices down for our customers, we have to buy in bulk (which means a lot of product sitting on our shelf) so we decided to start another Etsy shop which allows us to sell the same great quality supplies that we use to our DIY friends!

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

At The Love Story we like to offer a variety of items. We don’t just sell one item, we sell accessories that compliment each other. We try to be a one stop shop for that special occasion coming up and/or a place to find the perfect gift for that special love in your life!

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

We first started out in an extra bedroom in each of our homes. We quickly outgrew them and moved into a beautiful studio that we are probably going to enlarge again very soon.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

We have owned a few businesses together over the years so we were pretty prepared, although the one thing that we are still learning is how powerful Social Medial is and how important it is to stay active on all of the social platforms.  But we are doing our best to keep up!

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

We would highly recommend selling on Etsy! From a back end business aspect, you couldn’t ask for more. Etsy provides so many critical tools to keep you on track financially. And as for advertising, they dominate on Google so you have a great opportunity to get views. They make it seamless to operate on other platforms in order to grow your business and keep your website all together. It really is the best place to market your business on the internet!

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

We are fortunate enough to live on a private lake in Northern California perfectly situated between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. So, needless to say when the weather is nice and we aren’t overwhelmed with orders we love to either take our kayaks or houseboat out on our lake and enjoy the sunset or take a fun trip to either San Francisco or beautiful Lake Tahoe.

What is your favorite quote?

“One kind word can change someones entire day.”
~Anonymous~

Where can people find out more about your business?

We are doing our best to make it easy to find us either on Etsy (of course), Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube and our outdated blog. (Not enough time in the day!)

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Etsy CIJ for inviting us to be a featured team member on their blog! We are truly honored to be included and would like to wish everyone a lifetime of love & happiness.

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.